Greetings in the name of Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Behold! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed. For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality. (1 Corinthian 15:51-53)
Yes, it is a mystery because it is far beyond that our mind can comprehend. We will not sleep forever, but all be changed. In the blink of an eye, all of us will be raised. Our perishable body will put on the imperishable. Our mortal body will put on immortality. No longer, the power of death will not rule over us.
When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written:
“Death is swallowed up in victory.”
“O death, where is your victory?
O death, where is your sting?” (1 Corinthian 15:54-55)
The death itself is swallowed up permanently in victory, and this victory will be shared by God with those who are loved by God. Death will be totally destroyed, by which everyone ever lived on earth has been defeated. Only through the power of God, this is possible, and we will come out more than conquerors of the death.
He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” (Revelation 21:4)
Our Loving Father will wipe away every tear from our eyes. There will be no more mourning, sorrows, and pains. All these things have been passed away. What will be left before us is his loving face. The face has been watching over us all the time since we were born and till we see Him face to face. What a blessing that we have! Praise the Lord. His mercy and love endures forever. What we have to get is taken by Our Lord on the cross (His mercy), and instead we are getting what we should not get (His grace). This is the mystery and plainly hidden greatest secret. We will be His people forever.
And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and its lamp is the Lamb. (Revelation 21:23)
No more light of sun or moon is needed because the glory of God is the light. Our Lamb, the Savior, is the lamp. All nations come and bow down to God, and will bring their glory to God. Like the twenty four elders (Rev 4:10), who give glory, honor and thanks to God by casting their crowns to the everlasting King, we will also present the highest glory, honor and thanks to Our Eternal Father, saying the same praise of the twenty elders:
“Worthy are you, our Lord and God,
to receive glory and honor and power,
for you created all things,
and by your will they existed and were created.” (Revelation 4:11)
This is the scene that we, all who are faithful in Him, will see together with all of our forefathers in faith. What a beautiful scene it is! We will sing the new song in eternity with all believers in Heaven, Our Eternal Home.
Yes, we are still on earth. This is the reality that we will have in future. Don’t be discouraged by what we see and experience on earth. Sure. We might be surrounded by troubles on every side, but we cannot be crushed. We might be perplexed, but we will not be driven to a despair. We are even persecuted, but we will not be abandoned. Even Satan lands a punch on our noise and knock down us on ground, but we will be destroyed because Our Lord, Jesus Christ, is with us. Then He continues pointing us to our home in Heaven because all things including death will be swallowed up. Our victory is sure because Jesus paid all.
Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. (Hebrews 10:23-25)
Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise. Encourage each other with love of Jesus Christ, and good works in Him. Do not lose heart, but stir up one another in love and faith as the day of his return is drawing near.
Let’s rejoice in Him, and pray without ceasing. Give thanks to Him for all circumstances because His mercy, and love endures forever. Praise God, the King of kings, and the Lord of lords of all! He is worthy of our highest praise and honors. Glorify His Name, the Only Name of Our truly loving Father. Amen!